Archive | February, 2016

Help for future teachers

11 Feb

Consider teaching! Education courses in college are fascinating!

              Consider teaching! Education courses in college are fascinating!

Thinking about teaching? GREAT! There will be many teaching jobs available as the baby boomer generation retires in the next handful of years.

Federal TEACH Grants can provide up to $4,000. To qualify you must do the following:

  • Be enrolled in, or plan to complete, coursework to begin a teaching career.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better.
  • Sign an agreement to serve as a paid, full-time teach in a high-need field serving low-income students.
  • Agree to teach at least four academic years within eight years of completing your program of study.

One caveat: If you fail to complete your obligation, the grant converts to an unsubsidized Stafford loan that you (the student) must repay with interest.

However, for those determined to go into teaching, the TEACH Grant is a great help.

For more info, you can go to this government website: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

 

College placement tests

5 Feb

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Once you begin to receive acceptance notices from college, you will also receive information about placement testing. Colleges need to know if you are ready to work in college-level classes and typically have requirements related to competency in English and mathematics.

The whole topic may seem a little crazy. You may be thinking, If a student has been accepted at a university, shouldn’t he or she be good in math and English?

Well, yes and no. Sometimes students can have really good grades but still struggle in either math or English. This may be particularly true for English language learners.

The California State University system has two placement tests it mandates if students have not otherwise indicated proficiency in English and math: The English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM). If you are pretty sure you will be going to a CSU, you need to schedule these tests if you haven’t met one of the exemptions for each, as listed below (as provided by Humboldt State University).

Contact your nearest CSU and do a search under “placement testing” to find out the dates, times and process for signing up. Don’t delay on this, because you cannot enroll in classes without meeting these requirements.

CSU English Placement Test (EPT)

A student is exempt from needing this exam if:

  • SAT Critical Reading (verbal) 500 or greater
  • SAT II English (subject) 680 or greater
  • ACT English 22 or greater
  • AP Lang and Comp or Comp and Lit 3 or greater
  • EAP English of Exempt
  • EAP English of Conditional Score of 3 if taken on or after January 1, 2015. A score of 2 if taken before this date – must pass English AP, Honors, or ERWC senior year
  • ACT Conditional = 19 – 21– must pass English AP, Honors, or ERWC senior year
  • SAT Conditional = 460 – 490– must pass English AP, Honors, or ERWC senior year
  • IB English of 4 or greater

CSU Entry Level Math (ELM)

A student is exempt from needing this exam if:

  • SAT Math 550 or greater
  • SAT II Math (subject) 550 or greater
  • ACT Math 23 or greater
  • AP Calculus AB or BC or Statistics 3 or greater
  • EAP Math of Exempt
  • EAP Math of Conditional Score of 3 if taken on or after January 1, 2015. A score of 2 if taken before this date – must pass a course that has Alg 2 as pre-requisite senior year
  • ACT Conditional = 20 – 22– must pass course beyond Algebra II senior year
  • SAT Conditional = 490 – 540– must pass course beyond Algebra II senior year
  • EAP Math of Conditional – must pass course beyond Algebra II senior year
  • IB Math of 4 or greater
  • Early Start Math – Score of 50 = GE Math eligible. Early Start scores mirror ELM scores in how they are interpreted (<39 = Math 40, 39 – 49 = Math 44 103I/43, etc)